Siemens Healthineers, Munich, Germany, recently expanded its informatics capabilities for point-of-care (POC) testing with the acquisition of Conworx Technology GmbH, Berlin, Germany. The addition of the Conworx suite—including UniPOC and POCcelerator—is expected to complement Siemens’ RapidComm data management system, and will enhance the company’s informatics offerings for the POC market by delivering open connectivity for more than 100 different instruments from all major manufacturers.
Siemens Healthineers and Conworx will deliver open connectivity offerings that will enable seamless data integration from any manufacturer’s POC analyzer—managed by a single informatics solution to streamline operations and access to data, and improve risk management.
“As hospitals consolidate and acquire physician offices, there is a huge need by emerging healthcare networks for seamless integration of hundreds of decentralized devices that are spread across dozens of sites,” says Peter Koerte, president of point-of-care diagnostics at Siemens Healthineers. “It is clear to us that to satisfy our customers’ needs, we must deliver solutions that ensure superb connectivity, no matter which analyzer is being connected. We are determined to continue Conworx’s practice of working closely with every vendor to ensure that all connected analyzers are working to the best of their ability.”
Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Conworx’s team of 75 employees will merge with the Siemens Healthineers team to become Siemens Healthineers Point-of-Care Informatics. The new team of interface development, application development, and data management specialists will be led by Roman Rosenkranz, the current CEO of Conworx Technology GmbH.
“By joining with Siemens Healthineers, we will get access to a global organization to even better support our joint customer base,” says Rosenkranz. “Together we will be able to develop leading informatics products that help our customers to manage their growing point-of-care networks now and in the future.”
Conworx Technology GmbH was established in 1999. The deal was closed by Siemens Healthcare GmbH in late October 2016.